Palace people

Palace people

Dining room

Meet interesting characters associated with Kew

George III (r 1760-1820)

George III suffered through several bouts of a mysterious illness that affected every organ in his body and caused mental derangement.

Modern diagnosis suggests his symptoms were caused by ‘porphyria’, an inherited metabolic illness. 

Merchant Samuel Fortey

Samuel Fortrey (1567-1643) Fortrey was the original owner of the house that would become Kew Palace. Samuel Fortrey built Kew Palace as a country retreat in 1631.

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